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Warm Strangers

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Feather Moon
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Harbor
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Hope on Fire
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Shine
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Mission Street
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My Medea
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Shasta (Carrie's Song)
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Homecoming (Walter's Song)
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Anna Rose
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Passage
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The Atheist Christmas Carol
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Green Island Serenade (Hidden Track)
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 47:49

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Athiest Christmas Carol (and other songs!)

QG

Such a beautiful work, from start to finish! One reviewer mentioned not understanding what "The Athiest Christmas Carol" had to do with Christmas. Without expressing my shock, here's the take I have after reading the lyrics: it's all about what the winter holiday season might mean to someone celebrating it for other reasons than Christian ones, as because most non-Christian (and non-practicing) people in the US/UK are forced to celebrate some variation of Christmas no matter what they believe on their own time. There are other reasons for the season aside from official Christian meaning that have developed -- some meanings far older than that of Christianity (just look up "winter festivals" around the world) -- and you probably have to be observant and sympathetic to understand, or at least used to living in larger communities.

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HIDDEN GEM!

vixenella

This girl is truly amazing and she has a kick-ass voice! Love it!

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Truly Extraordinary

rawmarcos

I was browsing through a few users playlists when I discovered this album. I clicked on a few other albums and found myself gravitating back to this one. I don't even know what to say beyond... wow. I'm now a hug Vienna Teng fan. From the sweet, delicate, Momentum to inspiring Gravity, then Say Uncle and my newest favorite, Lullabye for a Dream, which Ms. Tang wrote when she was a mere 17 and trying to avoid homework during a rainy storm, this album is one that you will refer to again and again. Thank goodness I downloaded the other album of hers that emusic has and then I went to amazon and purchased the third one. This is a young lady that was making a big salary as a software guru in Silicon Valley that turned her back on computers and chased her dream. Lucky for us she did. Six months to a year after leaving her job she had already made it to David Letterman's show. Download this album if you like great music. Her voice, which is lovely and passionate has hints of Amy Ray and Tori

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exquisite

twogeeks

The Atheist Christmas Carol is exquisite. Not sure what it has to do with Christmas, but it's a wonderful love song.

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Simply Great

Lunky

I own about a thousand albums and this is in my top five. An amazing set of songs and a big step forward from Waking Hour.

They Say All Music Guide

It was easy to heap accolades on Vienna Teng’s debut recording, Waking Hour, and its impeccable set of songs that overflowed with intelligence and sensitivity. Coming out at a time when plucky, piano-banging youngsters like Vanessa Carlton were upstaging their more reflective predecessors like Sarah McLachlan, Teng’s songs kicked up a little wind for all sensitive singer/songwriters. But after the dust of praise finally settled, Waking Hour appeared slightly fragile in retrospect, with songs that were a bit too precious and self-conscious. This may have proven to be a blessing in disguise, as her follow-up disc, Warm Strangers, displays the confidence of a burgeoning artist who had gotten her feet wet and has now plunged headlong into a pool of sparkling songs. Breaking the surface with the uneasy strains of “Feather Moon,” Teng takes command with a quiet intensity that immediately bests anything from her debut, as her haunting voice beckons to “breathe in, breathe out,” bringing to mind Kate Bush’s equally spooky “Breathing.” Unlike her debut’s quiet meditations that tended to bleed into each other, Teng gets positively upbeat on several tracks. Soothing sea winds are practically felt in the jubilant “Harbor,” while the lilting “Shasta (Carrie’s Song)” is quite possibly the most musically cheerful song ever written about a trip to an abortion clinic. These diversions help bring more definition to each song, allowing plaintive ballads like “Shine” and “Homecoming (Walter’s Song)” to be more memorable and affective than if they were sequenced together. Although Teng’s piano still drives most of the songs, the accompanying arrangements are inventive yet unobtrusive. Simple enhancements like the solo trumpet in “Mission Street,” or the strummed piano strings in the disc’s majestic centerpiece, “My Medea,” keep the songs moving forward without distracting from Teng’s vocal and instrumental proficiency. The disc starts to meander in the second half, but there are enough interesting moments to keep it from wandering too far off-track, such as the ghostly, a cappella “Passage,” in which Teng embodies the spirit of a car accident victim who observes the grieving loved ones she left behind. Also noteworthy is a hidden bonus track whose lullaby-like melody, sung in Chinese, is a mesmerizing blend of Western pop music and Eastern language. With Warm Strangers, Vienna Teng has taken a confident step forward to create a set of songs that are sharper, deeper, and even more enchanting than her debut, proving that her talent and music are worthy of the accolades that continue to stack up around her. – Aaron Latham

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